|Purred: Fri Jan 20, '12 12:45pm PST |
its been a while since I got on here and I'm not sure anyone knows who I am.
My cat, Lemmy, was diagnosed with kidney disease over 2 years ago. His BUN/creatinine levels weren't very high, but they were above normal. Over the past 2 years, the only thing that changed what his blood pressure (for which he started meds for). His BUN/creat never really changed.
3 days ago, he stopped eating his dry kibble. I soaked it and got him to eat a few bites and noted an odor coming from his mouth. After taking him to the clinic, the doctor confirmed that his mouth looked fine and ran bloodwork/urine. I left him there overnight and got the results back this morning. His creatinine had previously never gone above 3.4, and it is now over 6. His phosphorous levels are elevated for this first time and he has a slight infection.
Lemmy is 16 years old and is well known for his incredibly short fuse (...the last time they tried to get an IV in him they had to give up after 2 doses of torb and 3 techs). When he's not screaming and trying to eat people, he's a very sweet, happy old cat.
At the moment, they are trying to get him on an IV and culture his urine so that they can give him specific antibiotics in hope that the infection is causing his creatinine to be so high. He's still not eating, though, despite pepcid, cerenia, and another injection.
At the moment, I'm hoping antibiotics will make him feel better, but if they don't, his prognosis is very poor.
As he has aged, he has gotten nicer and happier. It's impossible for me to tell if he is uncomfortable or distressed due to his euphoria. I don't think he's going to give me any indication of when it's time for him to go... and I don't know how to decide for him when it's time to quit. (my thoughts on euthanizing are that if an animal is not happy/comfortable 50% of the time and nothing can be done to make them more comfortable, then it's time)
Has anyone had to make this decision? I just want what is best for Lemmy..
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